The Cleveland Cavaliers have added yet another point guard to their already crowded backcourt. Feels good to have another IT back on the Cavs, doesn’t it?
While the Browns were showcasing their own young talent Thursday night, the Cavs signed former Atlanta Hawks Point Guard Isaiah Taylor to a non-guaranteed contract. Last season, the 24-year-old Taylor averaged 6.6 points and 3.1 assists per game in the 67 games he appeared in for the Hawks. He will compete with George Hill and rookie Collin Sexton for minutes in a reserve point guard role.
Isaiah Taylor earned more and more playing time last year as the season progressed. He averaged 10.5 points and 4.5 assists in the 23 games after the All-Star break. All nine of his starts came in the 2nd half of the year as well. Taylor has a particular knack for drawing fouls and heading to the free throw line, though he only shot 70.2% from the stripe last season.
By bringing in another point guard, you’d have to speculate that Ty Lue feels more comfortable running Jordan Clarkson as a two-guard rather than at the point. Also, with such a guard-heavy roster, it appears that they’re going to feature lineups with three guards quite often. Players like JR Smith, Cedi Osman, David Nwaba or Rodney Hood could all fill in at the three spot alongside two other guards.
None of the Cavs free agent signings this offseason are star players by any means, besides NBA Champion Channing Frye, but all will compete for play time. I wouldn’t be shocked if every one of them saw significant action at some point during the season.